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Global Steel Production Increases in July

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World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the Brussels-based World Steel Association was 156.7 million tons in July, a 1.7 percent increase compared to July 2018.

U.S. production in July totaled 7.5 million tons, an increase of 1.8 percent compared with July 2018. For the year to date, U.S. production was up 4.8 percent to 51.8 million tons.

Canadian production in July increased 2.9 percent to 1.1 million tons, and was up 0.7 percent to 7.7 million tons for the year to date. In Mexico, production in July fell 17.9 percent to 1.4 million tons, while year-to-date production was down 10.3 percent to 10.9 million tons.

China’s crude steel production totaled 85.2 million tons, an increase of 5 percent. India produced 9.2 million tons in July, an increase of 1.7 percent. Japan’s production of 8.4 million tons was down 0.4 percent.

Germany produced 3.4 million tons, a decrease of 1 percent. Italian production was down 1.2 percent to 2.1 million tons, and Spanish production increased 15.7 percent to 1.1 million tons.

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